SEO and Business Growth Today with Glen Allsop

Glen Allsop: I am so happy you asked me that. So let’s just say, if a no-name person, no one you’ve ever met, no one you’ve ever contact with, somehow got to get in front of you, if it was a Twitter DM or an email, and they said, “Hey Pat! I’m friends with Casey Neistat and I would love him to kind of promote what you’re working on.” You do not care who they are, what kind of relationship you’ve had with them in the past, you are responding to that message. Pat Flynn: One hundred percent. Glen: So, they’re— Pat: You’re listening to one of the several amazing strategies that our special guest today has mentioned on this particular episode. Pat: This is Glen Allsop, formerly from viperchill.com, although I think he still has that website. You may remember that name from episode 3. Yes, episode 3 of […]

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When “All of the Good Ideas are Already Taken”

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of niches out there, don’t worry. This post takes you through the niche selection tips you need to get started in your business. Pat Flynn December 17, 2018 In this post, I’m here to share tips to help you pick a niche for your business. And not just any niche—the right niche for you. We’ll cover everything about niche selection including: The difficulty of selecting a niche. Why you shouldn’t focus on a brand new niche. Why better is better in niche selection. The key to niche selection: delivering value to your audience. How to focus on specializing in your niche. Most people tell me that all of the good ideas (or keywords) are already taken, that there is too much competition and no more room left for them. If you feel this way, or you know someone who does, this post will […]

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Top 10 Tips for Conducting an Exceptional Interview

Conducting a good interview is a great skill to have as an entrepreneur—for your website, for your blog, for your podcast, and so much more. Find out why! Pat Flynn July 30, 2018 In this blog post, I share my top 10 tips for conducting an exceptional interview for your podcast, your YouTube channel, and your website. You’ll learn: The benefits of interviews How to serve your audience with your interviews What homework you need to do pre-interview The types of questions open-ended and follow-up questions to ask your interviewee How to create a warm, welcoming interview environment Ways to give space and opportunity to your interviewee The importance of listening Why you should emphasize understanding The tools to use for high-quality production What you should never do in an interview And how to have a little fun too Ready for your interview prep? Let’s do this.One of the best […]

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17 Copy-and-Paste Blog Post Templates

Got writer’s block? Look no further! Start writing today with one of these 25 copy-and-paste blog templates for your writerly convenience. Now UPDATED with new blog templates! Pat Flynn July 23, 2018 Get your notepad ready because today on the blog you’ll be treated to 25 copy-and-paste blog templates you can use on your blog right now. Originally, when this blog post was first published in February of 2012 (a looooong time ago in blog years), Kim Roach from Buzzblogger.com was kind enough to share with us her 17 ideas for blog posts. In this new-and-updated version, I’ve added 8 of my own ideas that have worked for me over the years. So now you have 25 helpful blog post templates at your fingertips! If you’re an online business owner or entrepreneur, you should probably have a blog. If you don’t, this post will give you a strong start to […]

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How to Write Copy that Sells with Ray Edwards

CONTENT WARNING: You’re going to want to have a pen and paper handy for this one. Today we’re talking with Ray Edwards, a fan favorite from Episode 182 and Episode 300 and a member of my mastermind group. Today he’s going to teach us how to write copy that sells—written words that encourage readers to take action and result in profitable sales. Stick around! Knowing how to write solid marketing copy for your business isn’t nearly as simple as it might seem. In fact, it’s really one of the most important parts of running an online business, particularly when it comes to selling. So how can you do it well? How do you write engaging, strong, and convincing sales copy? Ray is here today to give us techniques, hints, and blueprints for doing exactly that! Like I said at the top, you’re going to want to take notes. In this […]

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How to Launch a Brand New Website (with a Bang!)

I’ll walk you through each step in how to launch your brand new website with a bang, from creating your viral content to creating buzz for launch day. Pat Flynn June 25, 2018 So you’re here because you want to know how to launch a brand new website (with a bang!). That’s exciting, and you should feel proud! This post will show you exactly how to do that and will cover a wide range of website launch tips, including: What an ideal website launch day looks like. How to maximize your reach and website traffic on day one of your launch. Why you need to be able to pitch your website in seven seconds. What content to choose to be live on day one of your launch. How to create your viral piece: a beastly resource page and a round-up post. Why I also recommend having how-to content, case studies, and […]

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SPI 252: Live Streaming Video and the Data that Proves Its Worth with Michael Stelzner

Editorial Note: Huzza, one of the services Michael discusses, is no longer available. I am testing out BeLive.tv as replacement, and Michael is now on CrowdCast.io. I’m so excited to welcome Michael Stelzner to today’s show, a longtime friend but first-time guest on the Smart Passive Income Podcast. As the CEO and founder of SocialMediaExaminer.com, Mike knows a thing or two about the platforms that matter most to online business owners, and he’s fascinated by one in particular: live steaming video. Maybe you’ve noticed Facebook’s marketing push for its new live video feature. Maybe you’ve experimented with it yourself. Maybe you were even an early adopter of Periscope or Meerkat. Whatever your experience with live video, you’ll want to hear Mike’s predictions for where it’s headed, innovators’ creative applications of it so far, and how it could change our media landscape in the very near future. You’ll also learn Mike’s favorite tools for getting […]

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How to Plan Anything (So You Actually Get it Done)

My formula for planning anything without getting overwhelmed, plus how you can use it to write the perfect blog post! Pat Flynn May 21, 2018 Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Have you ever tried to plan something and just gotten completely overwhelmed? Today, I’m going to give you my PAT formula for planning anything—along with the one tool I use to make any planning process dead simple. I’ll dig into the details of the PAT formula in just a minute. But first, the thing I love the most about the PAT formula is it’s applicable to just about anything you might be planning. Maybe you’re building a business, or writing a book. Maybe you’re creating something smaller, like a podcast episode or a blog post. Or maybe you’re planning an event, like a party or a vacation. It could even be something as big as a wedding. Whatever it is, […]

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SPI 296: What’s Coming in 2018 for the Podcast and SPI

We are closing in hot on the end of the year here on SPI. Next week I’ll be recapping the year in full (the good and the bad) but today I want to give a little sneak preview of what’s coming up in 2018 for SPI. It’s going to be a very exciting year, and I can’t wait to share my plans with you! First off: the theme for 2018 is Higher Value. That doesn’t mean tons more content—a lot of us think that in order to do something better we have to do more of that thing, but actually the opposite is true. Sometimes less is more, and sometimes scaling back can have a positive impact on the quality of the content that you are publishing. What I’m talking about today is not necessarily what you should do personally. It’s a preview of what to look forward to, to […]

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SPI 294: 21 Top Places to Include an Affiliate Link

So, you have the perfect affiliate product and you’re excited to tell your audience all about it. The only thing is . . . where do you put that affiliate link? This is the episode you’re going to want to listen to, because it’ll tell you exactly where you should be putting your affiliate products (and where you’re probably not putting them currently). In fact, there are twenty-one locations that I’m going to mention in this episode. Of course, you don’t have to use them all, but I actually do all of these things personally, and they work very well. Pick and choose, and use what makes the most sense for you! If you’re just tuning in, this month is Affiliate Marketing Month here on SPI. I highly recommend going back and listening to Episode 290 through this episode. Affiliate Marketing is the number one way that I’ve generated an income […]

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SPI 293: My Top Performing Affiliate Marketing Products, and Why They Performed So Well

This month is affiliate marketing month, and we’ve covered a lot of ground so far. We’ve talked about strategies—long and short term—and last week we even talked about the dark side of affiliate marketing and how to avoid it. But this week we’re keeping it a little lighter: I’m sharing my top performing affiliate marketing products (that aren’t mine) and breaking down exactly why they’ve performed so well. These products are all fantastic tools that I’ve recommended over the years. They’ve all done well for various reasons, but there are some common threads. These patterns fall right in line with a lot of the rules we’ve talked about, as far as how to win with affiliate marketing. These are great case studies that really embody what we’ve been talking about for the last couple of weeks. This episode is all about the personal experience I’ve had putting my affiliate marketing […]

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SPI 283: Six-Figures in an Obscure Niche with Cassidy Tuttle

I want you all to meet Cassidy Tuttle. She’s the founder of Succulents and Sunshine, a thriving online business that has earned her six figures and grown to include a popular blog, a book, online courses, and more. She’s done it all while operating in a relatively obscure niche—teaching others to raise succulent plants—and she’s here today to share her story. When Cassidy first began raising succulents, it was purely a side project, which she documented on her blog. To her surprise, her gardening experiments ignited an under-served niche. She soon expanded her website to include a series of ebooks and two online courses, which led to a book deal with the publishers of the Idiot’s Guide series. In this episode, you’ll hear how Cassidy continues to serve her audience with fresh, valuable content and resources year after year. You’ll hear her honest account of writing a book in three months, and why her transparency helps her […]

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SPI 263: Laddering Up: How to Build a 7-Figure Business by Building a $7K per Month Business

Clay Collins of LeadPages returns to the Smart Passive Income Podcast for another incredible, value-packed (and potentially record-breaking) episode. This time, Clay is dropping serious knowledge on building a seven-figure business, step by step. [Full Disclosure: FYI, I’m a compensated advisor and an affiliate for LeadPages.] During his time as CEO and co-founder of LeadPages, Clay has watched his business grow from a humble blog to a seven-figure company with a sprawling array of product offerings. He’s got his process for scaling a successful business down to a science, and that’s what he’s sharing here today. Clay’s got big plans for this episode: He wants to break his own record for the most downloads of an SPI Podcast episode (Episode 78). He wants to pack hundreds of dollars of value—the equivalent of an online course—into one interview. And he wants you to walk away with a framework you can implement today to turn […]

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10 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW to Improve Your Online Business or Blog

Start improving your online business or blog starting today with tips from revisiting your home page and checking our site for crawl errors and more! Pat Flynn April 17, 2017 No huge intro needed for this post. Here are ten actionable items that you can do right now to improve your online business or blog. 1. Re-Evaluate Your Goals On a piece of paper (yes, paper), write down where you want your business or blog to be a year from now. Think about the following when doing so: Number specific items, such as: Earnings Traffic Sales Subscribers/followers Non-number specific items, such as: Authority Design Happiness Lifestyle So often we get stuck in the routine of just doing things that we forget exactly why we’re do what we’re doing. Re-evaluating your goals will give you the boost of energy you need to get things done, and possibly even help you realize that you […]

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SPI 261: SEO Self-Audit Checklist – An Interview with My Recent SEO Hire

Does staying on top of your site’s SEO ever feel overwhelming? Does keeping up with Google’s ever-evolving search ranking preferences have you scratching your head? Then you’ll love today’s guest. VuduMarketing.com‘s Sam McRoberts is here to share his tips, tricks, and favorite tools for optimizing search engine rankings. Sam headed up the most recent SEO audit of SmartPassiveIncome.com—an experience that revealed so much about what’s working and what I can still improve. Today, you’ll hear Sam’s straightforward, uncomplicated account of what we discovered in the SEO audit. You’ll learn how he analyzes a website for SEO issues, what Google looks for when ranking your page, and simple steps you can take today to improve your site’s ranking. This is a seriously actionable, value-packed episode for all you online business owners out there, and I’m so thrilled to share it with you. Join Sam and me as we dive into the Smart Passive […]

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SPI 260: Undergoing a Website Overhaul with Rocket Code

At this time last year, SmartPassiveIncome.com got a serious facelift. With the help of the amazing team over at RocketCode.io, we revamped the website to make it faster, sleeker, and more searchable, all in pursuit of providing you guys with the best experience possible. In today’s episode, you’ll meet two of the people who made this website overhaul possible: my Design Director, Dustin Tevis, and Project Manager, Corey Hivner. Dusty and Corey are seasoned experts at crafting websites that both function well and look amazing. That’s no easy feat, either—building a great website requires a big-picture understanding of both design and engineering. That’s why I’ve invited them on the show today: to talk through what a successful website redesign process looks like. In this episode, you’ll hear Dusty and Corey’s advice for identifying your redesign goals, communicating with designers and developers, managing feedback, and avoiding common pitfalls. You’ll also learn their favorite tools for communicating during a design process, plus […]

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Website Redesign—One Year Later (Critical Lessons Learned)

It’s been a year since the latest major redesign of the Smart Passive Income blog, and I wanted to give you an over-the-shoulder look at what has happened since, including all the great things and the not-so-great things. I also want to highlight some of the latest features and updates we’ve added based on what we learned. Let’s do this! The design before the recent update wasn’t terrible. In fact, it was great! We actually converted the custom theme into a distributable WordPress theme that hundreds of people have since downloaded and are now using for their own website. It’s called the SPI Pro Theme, and you can check it out here on StudioPress. It was the number one downloaded theme for a couple of months after it was released, which is awesome! [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] The older site worked […]

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SEO in 2017: Proven Content Ideas That Attract Backlinks

In this guest post, Glen Allsopp explores SEO in 2017, offering up in-depth content strategy ideas to help you attract backlinks to your site. Pat Flynn March 27, 2017 This is a guest post from Glen Allsopp from Gaps.com, who (fun fact) was featured in SPI Podcast Session #3 from over six years ago! He was one of the first in the world of SEO to really inspire me back in the day, and someone, although quite a bit younger than me, I very much look up to. He’s been diving even more into the world of SEO since 2010, which is why I wanted him to share a guest post about what’s working today. Take it away Glen! I’ve been actively involved in the SEO world for eleven years now, and if there’s one thing that has kept me so interested in the topic it’s the ever-changing landscape of […]

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SPI 246: SPI Podcast Best of 2016

Can you believe we’ve arrived at our last episode for 2016? The Smart Passive Income Podcast has captured some fantastic conversations this year, so before the new year arrives, I want to revisit a few of the best ones. In this episode, we’ll flash back to six episodes from 2016 that raised the bar. You’ll hear from rockstars like Todd Tresidder, Jadah Sellner, Kenneth Kelly, Ramit Sethi, and some very special members of the Flynn family. These episodes—and your enthusiastic response to them—make me so grateful for this incredible community of listeners and success stories. Enjoy this episode, and see you in 2017! Thanks for Listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post. Also, please leave an honest review […]

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How to Write the Perfect Blog Post – SPI TV Ep. 56

For bloggers, nothing’s more terrifying than that blinking cursor at the top of a blank page. That’s why I’ve gathered ten tips for getting past that blank page anxiety so that you can write the perfect blog post. Running a blog for the past eight years has taught me what works, what doesn’t, and the kinds of things readers crave from your writing. In this episode, I’m sharing my time-tested advice for common blogging hurdles like picking the perfect topic, letting go of writing insecurities, working with keywords, and leaving your readers better off than they were before. For more blogging tips, check out these posts from the Smart Passive Income blog: Thanks so much for watching SPI TV, and be sure to subscribe (via YouTube or iTunes) to get new episodes of SPI TV delivered to you each week! source_link Related posts: Book Publishing Tips with Honorée Corder – SPI TV, Ep. 40 How to Repurpose Your Blog Content [Infographic] […]

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